September 30, 2001: Another Pretty Hardback
We are now completely sold out of the individual copies of the Limited Edition Hardcover of GURPS Steampunk . . . and the LEH version of GURPS Atlantis just came in. It looks beautiful. I've signed 60 of them so far, and about 40 of those are already sold.
For those who missed the first announcement of the Limited Edition Hardcover series, here's the description.
Warehouse 23 News: Never Interrupt a Viking Party
Unless you want a lot of really mad Vikings. A Red Wizard learns this the hard way in Crouching Wizard, Smashing Hammer, for the Rune RPG.
September 29, 2001: GURPS Vehicles Expansion 1
The playtest for David Pulver's GURPS Vehicles Expansion 1 is starting on Pyramid. Tech freaks and gearheads, this book is your friend . . . lots of new gadgets and options, both realistic and super-science.
Time of the Void brings the Day of Thunder to the L5R roleplaying game with a complete accounting of the Clan War.
September 28, 2001: But Do They Have a Lifetime Guarantee?
Eternal life is within your grasp - in fact, it's wrapped around your little fingers. Alex Chiu's Immortality Device is a pair of rings worn around the fingers. They can be coupled with a pair of foot braces for nighttime use, and you can also get the Immortality Neodymium Rings, which are 21 times stronger than, um . . . immortality.
If you're not satisfied with eternal life within 90 days, you can get a full refund.
-- From Multiple Submissions
Make your Earthdawn campaign truly epic with Barsaive At War, a collection of eight significant events that occur as Throal and Thera prepare for battle.
September 27, 2001: See, We Do It All For Society
And all along you thought that we spread and modified all those stupid conspiracy theories because we were agents of evil. Hardly! As you'll see from this BBC story, conspiracy theories are good for society and help us cope. Really! Look at the story! They said this!
Hmm. Now who could be behind their saying that? . . .
-- Steve Jackson
Warehouse 23 News: The Case of the Missing Leader
Path Of Deception is an investigative Earthdawn adventure and includes a new Discipline.
September 26, 2001: A Small Hacker Delay
Hacker Deluxe Edition will now be an early November release. We're spending the money to have the overseas printer reprint the counters and console sheets on thicker stock - it still won't be quite as heavy as in the original edition, but it will be plenty good enough to play with. This proves the wisdom, expensive though it is, of having overseas printers send a sample by FedEx before putting the whole shipment on the boat . . . I didn't like the samples, and I don't think you would have liked them either. So we're reprinting.
The other part of this expensive lesson, for our friends and competitors who print overseas . . . Always look at a sample before printing, because standards differ, and what an Oriental printer will tell you with a straight face is "12-point board" may be a lot different from what you are used to getting in the USA.
-- Steve Jackson
Warehouse 23 News: Now You've Done It
It's time to return from your little jaunt through the past, but your actions have erased the present! Join your fellow Chrononauts in a struggle to put things back right.
September 25, 2001: GURPS Monsters Art
After about a month of hard, solid art and layout work, GURPS Monsters is almost ready for print. While the book will be printed in B&W, we thought some of you may enjoy a peek at the color work Christopher Shy is doing. (All of the artwork for the book was created in color and I feel like a criminal for converting all of it to B&W for printing.)
Anyway, here is one of the splash pages created for the book. Click on the small image here for a much larger version.
– Phil Reed
Icehouse, from Looney Labs, is a set of brightly colored, plastic pyramids that can be used to play a variety of games.
September 24, 2001: Conspiracy Fans Rejoice!
Here's evidence of one dating back more than 300 years . . . It appears that Protestant hero William of Orange, who took the British throne in 1689 and ended Roman Catholic rule in England, was being supported by the Pope. See the Sunday Times story.
Warehouse 23 News: The Natural Way of Things
The sun shines over roofs to form shadows. In Siesta, you manipulate these elements to score points.
September 23, 2001: Cordwainer
The late Paul Linebarger, who wrote as "Cordwainer Smith," was a creator of strange beings and stranger civilizations. Now his daughter has created cordwainer-smith.com in his memory, and an award has been created to honor those who share his spirit.
The cordwainer-smith.com page is still under construction graphically, but the text is in place, and interesting reading for those who love science fiction!
They change . . . often, but Fluxx really does have simple rules.
September 22, 2001: January Announcements
We've just posted our January announcements - lots of new stuff, so take a look. We have also reorganized our New Releases section to make it load faster, now that we're putting out ten or a dozen new things a month. Each month's releases are on a separate page . . . except that for those with a really slow connection, there's also a link that will bring up all new and upcoming releases in text only.
Warehouse 23 News: Blueprints of a War Machine
Superscience Blueprint Files presents eight different Gear Krieg war machines in great detail.
September 21, 2001: It's Always The Last Person You'd Suspect
Remember we told you about the Nephilim Resistance Task Force? They're still out there, and it's a good thing, too. Seems these Biblical barbarian giants were disguised as Neanderthal Man the whole time. There may be fossil and even Scriptural evidence, so whatever you do, don't dig them up and clone them.
-- Suggested by Jan Berrien Berends
Fans of Gear Krieg need no longer feel tied to the earth; Luft Krieg provides all the information you need to take your game up into the wild blue yonder.
September 20, 2001: An Inconspicuous Little Bug
The cyborg roaches are coming, blinking red lights and all.
September 19, 2001: World War II
is the subject of a whole new GURPS series. The core book, simply titled GURPS WWII, will be shipping in November, and is in Pyramid playtest now. More books will appear through 2002 and 2003.
September 18, 2001: Cthulhu Valentines
For those you love in the worst way . . .
Here's a sneak peek at one of our January releases - it'll be in the stores in time for Valentine's Day. Eight different . . . oh, DEFINITELY different . . . greeting cards, by eight top fantasy artists. Here's a preview . . .
Warehouse 23 News: The Show Must Go On
Gary Jackson may be gone, but the GaryCon tradition is too strong to fade away, as the gang discovers in Knights Of the Dinner Table, Issue 58.
September 17, 2001: Blackjack With Attitude
Online blackjack games may be a dime a dozen . . . but Rusted Faith Design has an amazing one. Their "Rusted Jacks" has individually painted cards (featuring the art of Steve Garofalo), a very slick interface, and three different soundtracks. If you like blackjack, check it out . . .
Warehouse 23 News: Free Bumper Stickers
While supplies last, Warehouse 23 customers will get a free bumper sticker for every $50 worth of product they order.
September 16, 2001: Eat That Slug!
A researcher at the University of the West of England is ready for field trials of his slug-hunting robot. The device will not only locate and grab slugs (a major farm pest in England), but will take them back to its base station where their decaying bodies will generate gas to refuel the robot. See the BBC story
Warehouse 23 News: A diary for every character.
If you find that the BESM Character Diary just isn't specific enough, we now have character diaries for the Tenchi Muyo RPG and Sailor Moon RPG.
September 15, 2001: The Bovine Illuminati
have nothing at all to do with Battle Cattle: The Card Game, or with world domination, or, for that matter, with the Kennedy assassination. Fnord.
Warehouse 23 News: What do you get when you cross a knight and his mount?
The Avoirdupois, the chivalrous clan of horses
in the Ironclaw Anthropomorphic RPG.
September 14, 2001: We Cannot Allow a Green Cheese Gap
The United Nations has tried to ban people from traipsing up to the moon whenever they feel the urge and sticking a flag in it, but The Lunar Republic, when established here on Earth, will monitor and adjudicate the uses to which everyone's favorite satellite is put. No longer will its popular landmarks be endangered by growing development concerns.
-- Suggested by Gary Nichols
You've just invented a time machine and you need to patent it. But not any old regular patent; no, only U.S. Patent Number 1 will do for this item.
September 13, 2001: Austin-Area Quark Mercenary Wanted
We have a couple of books ready to be Quarked, and a shortage of layout staff. If you're in or near Austin and good with Quark, and looking for (possibly semi-regular) freelance work, contact Phil Reed: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Warehouse 23 News: Slipped my mind . . .
Completely forgot to remind everyone about the W23 Top Ten for August.
September 12, 2001: See Yesterday's Note
Keep in touch with your local blood bank, and as soon as the rush starts to die down, go donate blood.
September 11, 2001: Give Blood
One thing that many of us can do, wherever we live, is give blood. Local supplies everywhere are being shipped to NYC now.
Check with your local Red Cross or hospital. They may very well be swamped with donors already. If they are, don't give up. Don't go now and add to the crush . . . check back tomorrow and the next day. The need will continue for weeks.
-- Steve Jackson
September 11, 2001: This Would Negatively Impact Our Production Schedule
A CERN physicist theorizes that the "unstable vacuum" underlying our material universe could collapse at any moment, turning everything to jelly. Or something like that. Don't panic until you read the whole BBC News story.
Warehouse 23 News: Here an Orc, there an Orc, . . .
Orcs at the Gate is out of print, but we still have several copies of the expansion, Orcs: The Reckoning, available and now they're on sale.
September 10, 2001: Ogrethulhu: Trying Again
There were some web glitches the last time we tried to point you at the Ogrethulhu information, so let's try again:
-- Steve Jackson
- A picture of the awful thing, as painted by Darell Phillips, is here.
- The page for the book I'm writing is here.
- And the first miniature - the Ogrethulhu Mark V, sculpted by Richard Kerr, is here.
- Yes, there are more Ogrethulhu sets coming, but we're not telling you WHAT. Yet.
September 9, 2001: Try Out The Freakiness? Eeeeuuuuwwww.
Online zine The Ogre Cave is running a poll about Vigilante . . . No indicator of whether the poll creators really saw it before they wrote their questions.
September 8, 2001: Dave Barry And Killer
Here's a clip from an interview with Dave Barry. Sure enough, his book "Big Trouble," now being filmed for a September 2001 release, was inspired by Killer . . .
-- Steve Jackson
September 7, 2001: Why Wait for the Missiles to Come to Us?
Death from above isn't going to come in the form of missiles but bits and pieces of them. We're gearing up to shoot them down with an airborne laser before they even clear the country of origin.
-- Suggested by Andrew McHattie
Warehouse 23 News: Under the Deep Blue Sea
The GURPS Atlantis Limited Edition Hardcover is at the printers and available for pre-order. There are only 100 copies available in this format, so don't wait or they might all be gone.
September 6, 2001: Ogres In Atlanta!
While Steve was at WorldCon, I went to DragonCon in Atlanta, and saw (among many other things) John Hurtt's Ogre macrotures game. I was very impressed and took a few snapshots.
Big dice and a big Ogre!
-- Loren Wiseman
Warehouse 23 News: Discworld in Concert
The antics of Death, his granddaughter, and other Discworld inhabitants are brought to life in the Discworld Soul Music DVD.
September 5, 2001: Back From Worldcon
Flight delays . . . brain fried . . . this will be a short report.
-- Steve Jackson
- Nobody died.
- The Men In Black were heroes - special thanks to Steve Brinich.
- This was easily the best Worldcon gaming program in years. There was an accessible demo/open gaming area with lots of publisher participation, thanks to policies that made it possible for publishers to participate. Three thumbs up.
- I returned to a wet Austin. Apparently the rain quit for the weekend and then came back. I'm not complaining.
- I have several hundred e-mails to deal with, so if you have asked me anything (or told me anything) in the last few days, please be patient . . .
Warehouse 23 News: Look at all the pretty pictures.
And then actually read Suzerain : Mortal Realms, where you have been chosen as the messengers/gophers of one of the Old Gods and get to bounce around space and time while running errands.
September 4, 2001: And You Thought The Action In Frag Was Exaggerated...
Sure, it may seem a little silly to you that Frag and the games that it's based on
would involve rocket launchers. I mean, who really uses a rocket launcher
in personal combat? Apparently, this
Who could have guessed France was so violent? ;)
Warehouse 23 News: Earth vs. the Imperium
Replay the early events of Traveller history with the Imperium 3rd Millennium boardgame.
September 3, 2001: Fun In The Sun
Austin has wrung itself out from the rain last week, just in time to celebrate Labor Day with barbecues and Munchkin. Accordingly, the SJ Games office (including Warehouse 23) is closed today.
Warehouse 23 News: Zoning restrictions are for the weak!
Shape the skyline of an American Big City, earning points for every building you put up while following the building restrictions in force at the time.
September 2, 2001: Attack Of The Ogrethulhu
Those of you visiting DragonCon or Worldcon this weekend may see Ogrethulhu.
But it's already gotten out once . . . at Dragonflight. Darel Philips and
John Kono ran a BIG game of Ogre
"Exercise K" scenario with a little bug in it. A bug named Ogrethulhu.
Here's the Ogrethulhu Mark V that Darell painted to terrorize the "normal" Ogres. The special non-Euclidean paint makes it look green from some angles and purple from others.
-- Steve Jackson
Waves of Blood compiles and updates the 7th Sea CCG storyline for use with the roleplaying game.
September 1, 2001: Dude, Launch Me a Cold One
Ever have a project needing work but you just had to finish this one other thing before you could do anything else? Simon Jansen, he of the ASCII-animated Star Wars, got tired of warm beer while working in his shed and so has built the world's first jet powered beer cooler. Makes you proud to be a New Zealander.
-- Suggested by David Crowell
Warehouse 23 News: No Need for GM Screen!
Unless, of course, it's the Tenchi Muyo! GM Screen & Adventure. All the charts and tables you could possibly need, but plenty of cool Tenchi Muyo art.
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